Auto Da Fe
were an Irish new wave
New Wave is a subgenre of :rock music that emerged in the mid to late 1970s alongside punk rock. The term at first generally was synonymous with punk rock before being considered a genre in its own right that incorporated aspects of electronic and experimental music, mod subculture, disco and 1960s...
musical group formed in Holland
in 1980 (but mainly active in Ireland) by former Steeleye Span
Steeleye Span are an English folk-rock band, formed in 1969 and remaining active today. Along with Fairport Convention they are amongst the best known acts of the British folk revival, and were among the most commercially successful, thanks to their hit singles "Gaudete" and "All Around My Hat"....
singer Gay Woods
Gay Woods is an Irish singer. She was one of the original members of Steeleye Span.-Early years:Gabriel Corcoran was born in Dublin, a neighbour of her future husband Terry Woods . Gay's elder brothers shared Terry's love of hillbilly music and blues. Gay and Terry performed together in 1963 at...
and Trevor Knight. The band's sound incorporated keyboards and electronics. Woods stated "It was the happiest musical time I ever had so far. I learned so much. I was ridding myself of a lot of things that stifled me. It was so liberating for me to stand up and not be a "folky" anymore. It was the easiest thing in the world because I had yearned for so long to do that music. I still love the songs I wrote at the time".
The band released a string of singles between 1982 and 1985, including "November November", "Bad Experience", and "Man of Mine" (the latter featuring Midge Ure
James "Midge" Ure, OBE is a Scottish guitarist, singer, keyboard player, and songwriter...
on guitar), and one studio album, Tatitum
(based around "Jacques Tati
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and the art of humming"). They also released a compilation of singles tracks, and had a CD of live performances recorded by the BBC in 1983 for their In Concert
programme, Songs For Echo
, released in 2001, the second performance featuring Phil Lynott
Philip Parris "Phil" Lynott was an Irish musician who first came to prominence as a founding member, principal songwriter, and frontman of the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy....
on bass and backing vocals. Lynott also produced some of Auto Da Fe's early recordings.
The band split up in 1986. Woods later rejoined Steeleye Span. Knight went on to work as a theatre sound designer.
- "November November" (1982) ADF/(1983) Rewind
- "Bad Experience" (1982) ADF/Rewind
- "Man of Mine" (1983) Rewind
- "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart" (1984) Red Hot/Rewind (#24 in Ireland)
- "Credo Credo" (1984) Red Hot
- "All Is Yellow Hot Hot Hot" (1985) Spartan (#27 in Ireland)
- "Magic Moments" (1985) Spartan
- Gazette EP (1988) GMN
- 5 Singles and 1 Smoked Cod (1984) Stoic (compilation of singles tracks)
- Tatitum (1985) Spartan
- Songs For Echo (2001) Hux (live 1983 recordings)